The South Australian Awards were held last night at the Adelaide Convention Centre to announce the winners and celebrate the outstanding achievements of restaurants and caterers in this vibrant and hardworking industry.
With more than 500 trained judges and 2,000 entrants, the Awards for Excellence set the national benchmark.
They are the most important and respected industry awards, specifically designed to objectively recognise and promote industry best practice.
Now in its 13th year, the Awards for Excellence program gives restaurant and caterers well deserved recognition of their hard work; promotional support; and help to attract incremental business.
There will be a number of industry events held around Australia to announce the winners and celebrate the outstanding achievements of restaurants and caterers in this vibrant and hardworking industry.
List of Winners for 2011
Restaurant of the Year – Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant
Best New Restaurant – Grace the Establishment
Best Café – The White House, Handorf
Best Restaurant in a Winery – Upstairs at Hollick (Hollick Wines)
Best Chinese – T-Chow
Best Steak – The Barn Steakhouse
Best Regional Restaurant – Pipers of Penola
Best Restaurant in a Hotel – The Sebel Playford
Best European – George's on Waymouth
Sommelier – Alessandro Ragazzo (Auge Ristorante)
Employee Award – Di Whicker (Adelaide Festival Centre)
Best Apprentice Chef – Blake Coleman (Intercontinental Adelaide)
Hall of Fame Breakfast – Rigoni's Restaurant
Fine Dining Award – The Manse
Popular Choice – Melt CBD
Caterer of the Year – the food business
Best Coffee Shop – Argo on the parade
Best Wedding Caterer – Encore (Adelaide Town Hall)
Best Venue Caterer – Century (Adelaida Zoo)
Best Tourism Venue – 'Jacobs Restaurant (Jacobs Creek Visitors Centre)
Best Thai – Regent Thai
Best Specialty – Chocolate no.5
Best Small Caterer – Kristian's KaterSA
Best Site Contract Caterer – Eurest at Hewlett Packard
Best Seafood – Blanc Bistro
Best Restaurant in a Pub or Club – The Treasury on King William
Best Pizza Restaurant – Angaston Roaring 40's
Best Italian – Auge Ristorante
Best Industrial Caterer – Scolarest
Best Greek – Platia the Restaurant
Function Center – Level1 at the Hilton
Best Event Caterer – the food business
Best Australian – Celsius
Best Asian – Mapo Korean Restaurant
Lifetime Achievement Award – Luisa, Frank and Maria Favaro from Chianti Restaurant
Wine List Award – The Barn Steakhouse
Service Provider – The Food Studio
Safety Award – National Wine Centre
Professional Development Award – Intercontinental Adelaide
Media Award – Adelaide Review
Best Maitre d' – Carlos Alvarez (The Pot Food and Wine)
Best Employer – Intercontinental Adelaide
For more information head to the Restaurant and Catering Association of South Australia website.